As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Glennville, GA, is for your family.
At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.
When you choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.
We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Glennville, GA.
Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Glennville, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.
We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.
Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:
We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.
We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.
We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Glennville, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Glennville has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.
From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.
Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Glennville, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.
Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Airworx AC is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.
We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.
Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Glennville and the surrounding area:
Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.
Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.
If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.
Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.
South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Glennville can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Airworx AC a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.
Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:
Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.
As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:
You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Glennville. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.
Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.
If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Airworx AC.
You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.
As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.
If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.
If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.
When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.
GLENNVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - Clarence Purvis passed away Friday, April 23 at Ogeechee Area Hospice.You may remember Mr. Purvis from a story by WTOC back in 2017. Mr. Purvis was known for dining at Smith’s Restaurant in Reidsville with his wife Carolyn. After she passed away, Mr. Purvis continued to dine with her, sort of.He began dining in his usual spot at their favorite restaurant with her picture, ...
GLENNVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - Clarence Purvis passed away Friday, April 23 at Ogeechee Area Hospice.
You may remember Mr. Purvis from a story by WTOC back in 2017. Mr. Purvis was known for dining at Smith’s Restaurant in Reidsville with his wife Carolyn. After she passed away, Mr. Purvis continued to dine with her, sort of.
He began dining in his usual spot at their favorite restaurant with her picture, making their love unforgettable.
After WTOC’s story on Mr. Purvis aired, CBS News also did a story on his eternal love for his wife.
“His life has told a story,” said son Dale Purvis.
“He became world-known just to show his love for his wife, how much she meant to him,” said his daughter Dianne Knight.
“And that was the environment we grew up in all our life,” said Dale.
As loved ones gathered, Tuesday, to celebrate his life, they recall how the two of them put others first and truly set an example for everyone.
“There’s just not that type of love in this world anymore,” said Dianne.
And when he wasn’t at lunch, he’d often be found at the cemetery keeping watch over her grave.
“He went to the cemetery five or six times a day. He went up until the day he couldn’t drive anymore,” said daughter Donna Burkhalter.
A few years later, Smith’s Restaurant closed their doors. Mr. Purvis found a new place for him and his wife.
“We tried to cook for him or take him, nope. It wasn’t nothing but the Dairy Queen,” said Dianne.
His children say they try to show the same love he did, but it’s just few and far between.
“That’s what this world needs today. The kind of love that they had for one another,” said Dianne.
What his children say keeps them at peace is knowing he’s with his true love again.
“The pictures of him after momma passed, you hardly saw him smile. As opposed to when we had pictures of him before. But now he’ll be smiling all the time,” said Dale.
“He’s smiling talking to momma. Momma talking to him,” said Donna.
Clarence Purvis was 97.
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The Van Solkema family, the fifth-generation growers and shippers behind Van Solkema Produce, have been in the produce industry for more than 117 years. The company operates in the growing regions of Glennville, GA, Moultrie, GA and its home base of Byron Center, MI.The company offers a variety of items packed in the Oh Boy brand, including beets, peppers, cabbage, sweet corn and Vidalia onions. Gary Lyons, a sales associate for the company, has...
The Van Solkema family, the fifth-generation growers and shippers behind Van Solkema Produce, have been in the produce industry for more than 117 years. The company operates in the growing regions of Glennville, GA, Moultrie, GA and its home base of Byron Center, MI.
The company offers a variety of items packed in the Oh Boy brand, including beets, peppers, cabbage, sweet corn and Vidalia onions. Gary Lyons, a sales associate for the company, has been involved in the Michigan produce scene for more than 40 years, dating back to his father being in the wholesale produce distribution business. Back then, Gerald Van Solkema, who retired in 1990, traded back and forth with the senior Lyons.
Last November, Lyons entered into a partnership with Todd Van Solkema, who has been active owner of Van Solkema Produce since 2019. His company merged into Van Solkema Produce of Georgia.
“The partnership included my team, as we continue to service retail and foodservice customers with an expanded commodity offerings from more production areas,” Lyons said. “Our goal is to build on the youth in our organization forming a team, building relationships and offering value for numerous products we can consolidate at our facility. The more efficiencies we can offer, the better profitability our customers will achieve.”
In 2022, Lyons has seen a steady business atmosphere with more of an upward trend around foodservice business, which he attributed as a direct effect from COVID-19-related scenarios. “We are mainly retail, and I believe the strengths lie within the relational nature of which we pursue our business. I strongly believe in real talking relationships,” Lyons said.
This year, the crops are a little behind, yet are looking good for quality purposes. “Most of the escalated costs are attributed to freight cost,” he said. Having worked in Michigan for decades, Lyons is quick to point out it’s many attributes to the produce industry, noting it has the ability for reacting quickly to needs with solutions for stronger inventory controls and quality controls. That has helped the company stay successful.
“Our customer base is located mostly in the western Michigan area and the consolidation services we offer coincide with customers we service,” Lyons said. “Our growth initiative would be using the strength of local partnerships Van Solkema has had with local growers over numerous years offering those products to the customer base we now have.”
While the company deals with labor issues at the distribution level, it is combating that the best it can by employing receiving efficiencies with more effort on inventory turns with more frequent deliveries. “One aspect I see heading into the future is the role transportation is having on many of the items we represent,” Lyons said. “We have an office in Nogales, yet the cost savings of routing more products through the Texas Valley may be need to be used more in the coming next year of the Mexican season. LTL’s are getting very costly, so the more we can use full-load commodity options, the more we can offer cost saving to our customers.”
A graduate of the University of Miami, Keith Loria is a D.C.-based award-winning journalist who has been writing for major publications for close to 20 years on topics as diverse as real estate, food and sports. He started his career with the Associated Press and has held high editorial positions at magazines aimed at healthcare, sports and technology. When not busy writing, he can be found enjoying time with his wife, Patricia, and two daughters, Jordan and Cassidy.
GLENNVILLE, GA – During the 2022 annual Georgia State FFA Convention, Walt Dasher of G&R Farms in Glennville, GA was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Georgia State FFA Association. This award is bestowed upon those deserving for their demonstration of outstanding service to agricultural education and Georgia FFA.Dasher, a third-generation southeast Georgia farmer, has been a strong advocate for the FFA program and has been actively involved in supporting the next generations of farmers for nearly 10 years...
GLENNVILLE, GA – During the 2022 annual Georgia State FFA Convention, Walt Dasher of G&R Farms in Glennville, GA was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Georgia State FFA Association. This award is bestowed upon those deserving for their demonstration of outstanding service to agricultural education and Georgia FFA.
Dasher, a third-generation southeast Georgia farmer, has been a strong advocate for the FFA program and has been actively involved in supporting the next generations of farmers for nearly 10 years through Growing America’s Farmer’s (GAF). GAF is a program Dasher created that matches deserving agricultural students looking to pursue degrees in agricultural production with scholarships. “It is an incredible honor to receive this degree from the Georgia State FFA Association. Their recognition of my efforts and resulting benefits to agriculture education is truly humbling.” Dasher comments.
Since its inception in 2016, GAF has raised nearly $250,000 for FFA member scholarships in over a dozen states. “I’ve seen first-hand the benefit these scholarships have on students who receive them, and I’m excited to see where their innovation leads us as the next generation of farm producers,” Dasher said. The Georgia State FFA Convention took place April 27-30, 2022, in Macon, GA.
In closing, Katrina Jones, of Georgia FFA remarked, “Walt Dasher is a great supporter of agricultural education and FFA. He has a passion for production agriculture, and through his efforts, he is providing opportunities for FFA members to pursue a careers in production agriculture. We are extremely grateful for his generosity and the positive impact he has in the lives of many FFA members.”
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About G&R FarmsAs a third-generation family farm, G&R Farms began in Southeast Georgia with a small farm in 1945. Today, the organization has grown to over 5,000 acres encompassing several crops with a main focus on sweet onions. G&R Farms has been growing, packing, marketing and shipping sweet onions for nearly seven decades. The company is dedicated to providing consistent quality year-round while perfecting the quality and flavor of sweet onions through research and development. For more information visit www.grfarmsonions.com.
About Georgia State FFAThe Georgia State FFA Association is a school-based state youth leadership development organization with the third largest state association of more than 77,000 members. They strive to make a positive impact on the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the Georgia FFA Organization online at https://www.georgiaffa.org/ and on Facebook and Twitter.
Governor Brian Kemp, along with members of the Water and Sewer Infrastructure Committee and state leaders, announced this week more than $422 million in preliminary awards which will ensure communities in high-need areas have reliable and safe drinking water and wastewater systems. Of that amount, $1,472,785.94 was awarded to Glennville and $619,050 was awarded to Tattnall County.“Because we remained focused on protecting lives and livelihoods throughout the pandemic, Georgia is now in a position to make strateg...
Governor Brian Kemp, along with members of the Water and Sewer Infrastructure Committee and state leaders, announced this week more than $422 million in preliminary awards which will ensure communities in high-need areas have reliable and safe drinking water and wastewater systems. Of that amount, $1,472,785.94 was awarded to Glennville and $619,050 was awarded to Tattnall County.
“Because we remained focused on protecting lives and livelihoods throughout the pandemic, Georgia is now in a position to make strategic, transformational investments in our state’s water and sewer infrastructure,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “I want to thank the committee members for dedicating their time and expertise to help us make these awards as well as the grants team at the Office of Planning and Budget. I am proud to know that we have worked hard to prioritize projects which address pressing public health and environmental issues, support economic development, and enhance our ability to be good stewards of our water resources for generations to come.”
These investments will help:
Improve drinking water treatment;
Extend drinking water service to high-need areas; *Improve drinking water infrastructure including interconnections and additional sources to ensure water system resiliency; high-tech meters and asset management systems to improve drinking water system responsiveness to issues such as leaks or line breaks; upsizing or replacing pipes to reduce leaks and water loss; and lead pipe inventory development and replacement;
Improve wastewater treatment, resulting in cleaner lakes and rivers;
Improve biosolids management, resulting in less waste in our landfills;
Improve sewer systems, resulting in fewer spills that can pose threats to public health and environmental quality; and
Secure Georgia’s water resources for future generations.
The proposed project area is the City of Glennville, Georgia, zip code of 30427, located approximately 49 miles southwest of Savannah, Georgia and 140 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is the county seat of Tattnall County. The benefited population of the City of Glennville according to the 2019 5-Year Estimate is 5,066 persons. Glennville has been the home to Rotary, Inc.; Duramatics; Mascot Pecan; and Armstrong Cricket Farm for over 40 years. Its proximity to Fort Stewart and the opening of Smith State Prison in the early 1990s has contributed significantly to the population growth. This proposed application funding will provide the following improvements: • Wastewater Treatment Facility Structure Improvements • Wastewater Pump Station Improvements • Storm Water/Drainage Improvements • Sewer Rehabilitation • Abandonment and Replacement of Asbestos and Lead Water Mains. The main goals are: • Bring the wastewater treatment plant within EPD permit levels. • Alleviate the stormwater flooding that is occurring on Hwy 301 and connecting neighborhoods. • Remove and replace the asbestos/lead water mains. • Remove and replace the clay sewer mains and thin wall PVC. • Provide a temporary pumping system at the main pump stations to protect the environment.
Wastewater Treatment Facility Structure – In order to stay within the newly permitted levels the engineering firm recommends restricting the amount of flow leaving the facility by installing metal grates on top of the structures and valve-controlled metal sluice gates on the weir side of the facility. Pre-ordered materials would be installed on each structure with bolts and channel iron. The proposed improvements include the installation of 12 aluminum handrails (3 sided), 12 floor grates and 12 Fontaine 48” Wide Sluice Gates. These improvements will allow operators to have safe access to the structures allowing for safety and ease in adjusting the weir elevations.
Wastewater Pump Stations – Proposed improvements include installation of metal grates on top of the wet wells and Flygt rail guides for safe pump access. Emergency bypass valves will be added to the existing force mains outside of the wet wells. The bypass valves allow the City to continue pumping with temporary pumps during power outages and pump failures. Without the bypass valves, sewage spills will occur. A spray-on coating will be applied to the wet well to reduce infiltration. The interior piping will be removed and replaced with ductile iron piping and existing check and plug valves will be replaced. These improvements will allow for ease of access and safety when pump maintenance is required.
Storm Water/Drainage – The Engineering firm recommends removing and replacing the undersized pipe in the project area as well as rehabilitating ditches in the target area. Some ditches will need to be eliminated and replaced with a pipe network and box inlets to collect and transport storm drainage.
Sewer Rehabilitation – To repair the vitrified sewer mains in Zone 3 it is recommended that the problematic pipes be rehabilitated with Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) lining. The thin-walled sewer lines in Zone 1 will be repaired using the pipe bursting method with a seamless HDPE pipe that is the same size or larger. Cracked brick and mortar manholes will be rehabilitated with a concrete based sealant and manholes that are damaged beyond repair will be replaced.
Water Mains – It is recommended by the engineering firm that all water mains containing asbestos, and all sections of lead pipe or fittings that contain lead be removed from the water infrastructure. The old lines will be excavated and removed to an approved waste location or abandoned in place and bypassed with new water lines.
Rural Tattnall County zip code 30427 population 22,842 is seeking financial assistance totaling $619,050.00. The project site is located on J Roland Hodges Road where existing dirt road with 3 lines of 48” pipe floods and is currently completely washed out with a large section of the road washed away as well. J Roland Hodges Road connects 2 major county paved roads (Loves Chapel Road and Harmony Church Road) and gets constantly washed away in these flooding events and is vital to the movement of emergency vehicles with an elderly couple living in near the washout. Tattnall County is a rural farming community and with the current strain already on the community due to Covid-19 this site with a longer detour only brings additional hardships on our residents, school bus traffic, small farming operations and increased threats on emergency response times. The road is a critical route for farming operations (with several near this site) which is one of the main supporting economic drivers and is a thoroughfare for emergency response within our community. With the continual climate change having a constant effect on frequency of flooding events it is imperative to have this location addressed to ensure we do not have additional negative impacts to our community outside of the straining economic hardships that Covid-19 has already placed on us. We are experiencing more frequent flooding events to our area like hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Michael. This washed-out site poses threats for emergency vehicles responding to Covid patients, fires, and other incidents that require law enforcement efforts to respond to residents in the community. The construction of a new drainage structure at this site will alleviate the constant roadway flooding issues and make it safer for all travelers including our emergency response personnel that we area so heavily relying on during this current pandemic. With each flood event roadway embankment is washed away straining our undersized maintenance workforce and material is deposited all along our existing ecosystem which impacts the environment for not only humans but wildlife as well. This issue increases mosquito breeding grounds and has the potential of additional health hazards to the residents. The new drainage structure would not only enhance human life as we know it but will promote ecofriendly stormwater environment for aquatic animals by allowing fish and other wildlife easier passage.
Tattnall County is ready to immediately proceed with advertisement, letting and construction of the new concrete box culvert and roadway repairs as soon as sufficient project funding is secured. The project timeline is as follows: • August 2021: County retains EXP US Services, Inc. for project review and support assistance with letting of project. • December 1, 2021: Advertise for letting. • January 1, 2022 – January 15, 2022: Bid review period. • February 1, 2022: Issue Notice to Proceed to selected low -bid contractor. • February 2022 – April 2022: Contractor mobilization and startup period. • May 2022 – December 2022: Project Construction Period (6-8months) • *December 2022: Project Completion. * (will consider timeline extension if funding will warrant extra time to remain within budget) Engineer alternative solutions to address concerns with the most cost-effective solution by calculating existing drainage area and designing construction alternatives to permanently address the existing issue and bids will be utilized by the most effective price received. The contract will be awarded and our engineer will oversee construction to ensure construction methods are performed as directed in contract and according to Georgia Department of Transportation specifications and construction details. The engineer will ensure all materials and construction methods are in compliance, and project remains on schedule and within budget. The completion of this project will enhance safety of travel for emergency personnel, small farming operations and residents. The new drainage structure will alleviate roadway flooding as well as enhance the safety and wellbeing of residents living in the area with timely emergency response efforts, less property flooding and decreased mosquito breeding habitat. Our ecosystem will greatly benefit as well by eliminating constant erosion of materials from site into this watershed which will improve aquatic life. Our existing maintenance forces will have relief from major repairs being made at this site after the continued rainfall events due to climate change.
Adairsville, $1,583,000.00 Alapaha, $750,000.00 Arabi, $4,510,685.00 Ashburn, $1,680,000.00 Attapulgus, $1,223,425.00 Auburn, $3,041,680.00 Bainbridge, $21,896,427.00 Banks County Commissioners, $3,178,702.48 Bartow County, $10,382,500.00 Baxley, $1,530,418.00 Blackshear, $500,000.00 Blue Ridge, $1,000,000.00 Bluffton, $1,282,050.00 Braselton, $416,500.00 Brooklet, $2,031,000.00 Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission, $1,900,000.00 Butler, $334,889.00 Cairo, $1,224,000.00 Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation-Warthen, GA, $221,538.00 Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation- Parrott, $137,215.00 Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation-ABAC Water Tower and Well, $758,477.00 City of Adel, $946,100.00 City of Albany, $12,226,560.00 City of Dudley, $486,640.00 City of Folkston, $5,074,904.00 City of Hoschton (wastewater treatment), $2,000,000.00 City of Hoschton (drinking water), $400,000.00 City of Smyrna, $4,000,000.00 City of Valdosta – Utilities Department, $12,075,000.00 City of Warner Robins, $11,000,000.00 Clarkesville, $422,480.00 Comer, $337,920.00 Concord, $312,500.00 Coolidge, $624,238.00 Cordele, $10,000,000.00 Crawford, $676,240.00 Culloden, $81,000.00 Dallas City, $1,226,337.00 Dawson, $1,200,000.00 Dawsonville, $3,000,000.00 Department of Natural Resources and Albany State University, $49,800,000.00 Donalsonville, $225,000.00 Douglas, $2,110,000.00 Douglas County, $750,000.00 East Dublin, $775,030.00 Eatonton-Putnam Water & Sewer Authority (EPWSA), $3,063,500.00 Fannin County Water Authority, $373,650.00 Fargo, $116,000.00 Fitzgerald, $2,542,348.00 Forsyth, $3,900,000.00 Forsyth County Finance, $32,600,000.00 Gilmer County, $286,427.00 Girard, $142,417.00 Glennville, $1,472,785.94 Grantville, $44,125.00 Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, $15,000,000.00 Hahira, $9,504,417.00 Hogansville, $2,100,000.00 Homerville, $1,746,720.00 Houston County, $3,230,700.00 Iron City, $2,165,063.00 Irwin County, $358,400.00 Ivey, $546,000.00 Jesup, $6,876,837.00 Jones County, $3,969,333.06 Lake Park, $465,395.00 Lakeland, $1,582,082.00 Leary, $4,512,850.00 Liberty County (drinking water), $561,468.75 Liberty County (water system extension), $2,016,715.54 Lincolnton, $579,169.01 Long County, $3,000,000.00 Lowndes County, $5,250,000.00 Lyons, $1,580,756.00 Manchester, $1,617,614.00 Marion County Board of Commissioners, $1,020,000.00 Marshallville, $75,825.00 Meigs, $1,016,400.00 Monroe County, $6,000,000.00 Moultrie, $3,570,550.00 Mount Vernon, $929,606.00 Norman Park, $5,426,910.00 Oak Park, $659,225.00 Odum, $1,344,400.00 Oglethorpe, $3,406,222.00 Pavo, $1,392,230.00 Pelham, $972,300.00 Pembroke, $8,661,250.00 Ray City, $840,000.00 Richland, $1,850,000.00 Rincon, $7,374,685.36 Rutledge, $159,125.00 Schley County, $1,082,921.00 Scotland, $593,934.00 Shellman, $138,700.00 Shiloh, $296,233.50 Springfield, $1,675,000.00 Summerville, $1,147,812.50 Sylvania, $3,055,442.27 Tattnall County, $619,050.00 Tennille, $11,981,897.69 Tifton, $3,770,000.00 Tignall, $624,000.00 Toccoa of, $4,315,000.00 Twiggs County Board of Commissioners, $9,429,956.00 Twin City, $303,553.74 Unadilla, $426,531.00 Union County, $1,690,000.00 Uvalda, $1,158,156.00 Vidalia, $4,000,000.00 Waleska, $845,007.00 Walker County Water Sewerage Authority, $20,000,000.00 Warren County, $605,202.20 Waynesboro, $2,047,050.00 Winder, $10,000,000.00 Wrightsville, $7,049,645.00
Still reeling, they moved to Glennville, Georgia, and joined a new church. One Sunday, they met a trio of sisters who were living with a foster family nearby. They hit it off immediately, so when the girls were going to be put in separate foster homes a few years later, they turned to matriarch Linda Durrence for help.Their oldest sister had turned 18 and left the foster care system, and Linda didn’t hesitate to welcome the younger two girls into her home with open arms. However, when they showed up on her doorstep, Linda was ta...
Still reeling, they moved to Glennville, Georgia, and joined a new church. One Sunday, they met a trio of sisters who were living with a foster family nearby. They hit it off immediately, so when the girls were going to be put in separate foster homes a few years later, they turned to matriarch Linda Durrence for help.
Their oldest sister had turned 18 and left the foster care system, and Linda didn’t hesitate to welcome the younger two girls into her home with open arms. However, when they showed up on her doorstep, Linda was taken aback. Like many children in foster care, the girls had no real belongings of their own. They didn’t even have a suitcase to pack their meager belongings in.
“The first thing that broke my heart was that they came with a trash bag that wasn’t even halfway full with clothes that didn’t fit them,” Linda recalled. “They had one hairbrush. They did each have a toothbrush, but they only had like a trial size thing of toothpaste. They had no shampoo, no conditioner, no nothing.”
The first thing Linda and her husband did was take the girls shopping. Just having their own toiletries and clothes that fit was a welcome relief to the girls.
“We watched them transition from a place of pure brokenness and they blossomed,” said Linda.
The idea of blossoming stuck in her mind, as did the image of the children turning up with just a garbage bag full of too-small clothes.
“It just kept staying on my mind,” she said.
She felt grateful that they could afford everything they need for their family while still helping their foster children, but she kept thinking about people who aren’t as fortunate.
“What about the families that can’t go out and buy them what they need?” she asked herself. “Just the bare minimum, the necessities.”
The idea of opening a shop offering free clothes and personal items lingered in the back of her brain for years. Last December, when a vacant shop popped up in a nearby shopping center, she pounced! Linda opened Blossom, a by-appointment boutique that gives out free items to anyone in need.
“We’re already serving families, even though we’re not officially open,” Linda said. “We just want to make a difference in our community and our surrounding communities.”
At Blossom, families are able to pick up seven full sets of clothes and shoes free of charge. They can come back every quarter for size and season changes. She’s relying on donations to keep the shop going.
Linda hopes that getting new clothing will give foster children more confidence. She wants them all to have the same opportunity to blossom as her own foster children, whom they officially adopted in 2018.
Linda says if the shop is successful, she hopes to add an education center to assist foster kids struggling academically.
What a beautiful way to make a huge difference in so many people’s lives!
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